Arriving in Santiago de Compostela
The walk into Santiago after any number of days on the trail is an emotional experience. Each separate camino enters the city via a different route, so that pilgrims on the different walks will see the cathedral at different times as they walk into the piazza. The walk into the giant square the Praza de Obradoira will leave most walkers breathless. This enormous Piazza has the beautiful twin spired cathedral as its backdrop and is the meeting place of all the walkers on a given day. After such a demanding journey this moment is very special to all pilgrims completing this extraordinary experience.
This cathedral is the grand heart of Santiago de Compostela and towers above the old city with its mix of spires and statues. Every day a pilgrims mass is held at 12 noon to celebrate the arrival of the many pilgrims from there various journeys.
The Santiago de Compostela Botafumeiro is one of the largest censers in the world weighing 80kg. It is suspended from a pulley mechanism in the dome of the roof of the cathedral. During important religious ceremonies it is brought to the floor of the cathedral.At other times it can be viewed in the cathedral's library. There has been a great deal written about the censer and it can be seen in use on our DVD of the Camino Frances.
Santiago de Compostela is a city built on the legend of St James the Apostle. His body was transported to this place by his disciples and his remains are interred in the huge cathedral in the main square. Legend has it that in the Middle Ages an armed St James, disguised as a white knight, intervened to help the Christians in their battles against the Muslims in the north of Spain
Our range of four DVDs covering the Camino routes Del Norte/Primitivo, Frances, Portugués and Via de la Plata are available from this website. You can preview each of the DVDs here and purchase them from our online store.